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Do people who recover from COVID-19 gain immunity to the novel coronavirus?

Experts expect that the majority of people who recover from COVID-19 will gain immunity to the novel coronavirus for at least some amount of time. The question is, for how long. Scientists are studying whether children and adults who have only mild symptoms will still generate a strong enough immune response to remain resistant to the virus until a vaccine is available.

Researchers have identified that immunity against COVID-19 can last for months with 90% of study participants possessing immunity for longer than 5 months.

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Updated 26 February 2021

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